KIRKLAND, Wash. – Kenworth’s Predictive Cruise Control is now in production for new T680s and T880s specified with the Paccar MX-13 engine.
According to Kenworth, it is available as a factory-installed option and combines cruise control with GPS to help improve fuel economy.
“By anticipating the terrain ahead, Kenworth Predictive Cruise Control ensures that the Paccar MX-13 engine and the transmission are in the most efficient operating mode to increase fuel economy,” said Kevin Baney, Kenworth chief engineer.
The new option is available with Eaton UltraShift and Eaton Fuller Advantage automated and manual transmissions.
“Kenworth actively develops technologies that will help customers achieve high fuel economy,” Baney said. “In addition to Predictive Cruise Control, we offer the Kenworth Driver Performance Assistant, Kenworth Driver Shift Aid, and Kenworth Driver Reward systems. All these technology advancements are important in delivering best in class fuel economy.”
In addition, the Kenworth Driver Performance Assistant is now standard on Kenworth T680s and T880s with the Paccar MX-13 engine.
According to the company, “it is a built-in virtual driver’s coach and a tool to improve driver performance for fleets and owner operators. Drivers receive real-time coaching based on coasting and braking as a means to improve fuel economy.”
The assistant works by providing a visual cue – “shift now” light – to signal the driver when to shift.